Sculpture depicting Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus

About

Since our founding in 1933 during the Great Depression that shook the globe, Catholic Charities of Oregon has been a trusted ally of the most poor and marginalized, and a leader in finding innovative solutions to poverty and injustice. We are proud to serve all God’s Children as the Official Domestic Relief Agency of the Catholic Church in Oregon.

Our mission is to assure that essential, life-saving services and supports are accessible to the most vulnerable Oregonians. The services we provide across the state of Oregon include affordable and supportive housing, financial empowerment, mental health & counseling, pregnancy and parenting support, legal services, intensive case management and more.

We are a member of Catholic Charities USA and of Caritas International, the global network of agencies that make up the charitable arm of the world-wide Catholic Church.

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Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

Inspired by the transformative power of God’s love, Catholic Charities of Oregon — the social service arm of the Catholic Church in western Oregon — partners with the most vulnerable, regardless of faith, to achieve lasting solutions to poverty and injustice.

Vision for Society

Catholic Charities of Oregon envisions a society in which all people thrive economically, socially, and spiritually; cultivate diverse, respectful, and just communities; and recognize the inherent dignity and sanctity of human life.

Vision for the Organization

Catholic Charities of Oregon achieves lasting solutions to poverty and injustice by partnering with clients to meet their economic and educational goals and to support their physical and social well-being.

*Adopted by the Board of Catholic Charities of Oregon March 14, 2013.

Who We Work With

We welcome and serve everyone, regardless of race, religion, or orientation.
For our Partners

We focus on solidarity, love, dignity, family, caring for the world around us, and ensuring that basic life needs are not only met but exceeded and maintained.

For our Volunteers

We focus on making sure that every bit of good is squeezed out of every minute of time given and every dollar spent. We’re effective, caring, and nonjudgmental, and we welcome everyone.

For our Future Team

At Catholic Charities of Oregon, we care for our employees so they can take care of others. Together, we work to make a concrete, hands-on difference in our community.

Articles

Press Release: Catholic Charities Completes Renovations to Preserve 102 Units of Affordable Rental Housing in Southern Oregon

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore., Oct. 20, 2020 – Catholic Charities of Oregon has completed renovations in three apartment complexes under its dedicated housing entity, Caritas Housing Initiatives, that preserves 102 units of rental housing serving low-income and elderly rural residents. The renovations were completed in Hillside Village in Glendale, Ore., and Valerie Hills Apartments and Woodville Village…

Gratitude Volunteers Create Atmosphere of Abundance

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
We’re all struggling in some way, now many more of us and to a greater degree than ever before. Gratitude provides a moment of softness away from the tension and worry of our lives. It can also help us gain new perspectives on all the ways we’re blessed. Senior Development Advisor Sarah Granger shares Catholic…

Disaster Strikes, Faith and Unity Endure

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
Cynthia Molina, MSW, QMHP, CSWA, and Assistant Director of Emergency and Navigation Services, talks about coming together to keep faith and hope alive in the face of disaster after visiting Medford, OR, to provide legal clinics, hygiene items, and other essential supplies to the individuals and families devastated by the recent wildfires.

Hope in the Midst of Loss

Posted By | Catholic Charities of Oregon
John Herrera, Catholic Charities’ Director of Immigration Legal Services, talks about hope in the midst of loss after visiting Medford, OR, to offer legal clinics and distribute hygiene items and other essential supplies to the individuals and families devastated by the recent wildfires.
John Herrera